Belper Arts Trail organisers promise biggest event yet

For two days, the streets of Belper will be a riot of colour and creativity.
For two days, the streets of Belper will be a riot of colour and creativity.

With less than two months to go until the Belper arts event of the year, organisers are promising it will be bigger and better than ever before.

The fourth annual Belper Arts Trail will be staged over the Bank Holiday weekend, April 30 and May 1.

Visitors of all ages will find plenty to entertain and inspire them.

Visitors of all ages will find plenty to entertain and inspire them.

This year’s event will see 135 artists taking part, across 55 venues spread throughout the town.

Artist and trail spokesman Suzanne Parnell said: “We have exceeded all our expectations and we are now motoring towards the finishing line preparing the brochure, the website and undertaking the giant jigsaw of matching artists to venues.

“This will be the biggest trail yet and more details will be released nearer the date.”

Confirmed to take part are artists working in media as diverse as paint, photography, ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture, textiles, printing, woodturning, pyrography and more.

The event will showcase some of the best artists working in Belper and beyond.

The event will showcase some of the best artists working in Belper and beyond.

New for 2017 are several interesting venues including The Loft restaurant, The Perfect Cuppa, Clarkes, Kunst Gallery, Natural Provender, The Strutt Club and The Studio on Chapel Street.

There will also be a large hub of artists based at Belper Central Methodist Church and church hall and the nearby Scout hut.

The trail is a chance to get up close and learn about creative practices used by some of the region’s top artists.

But it is not all serious and hands-off, the trail will once again be supported by live music, a children’s trail and amusements such as Captain Dan the pirate, cultural walks, street entertainment and plenty of food and drink.

Organisers are still inviting interest from people who would like to perform at the festival or lead a creative workshop

It is estimated that 3,000 people visited the event in 2016, making it one of the most popular trails in the Midlands.

Suzanne added: “Soon you will start seeing evidence of the trail appearing with bookmarks and posters coming shortly followed by more extensive signage nearer the date.”

Entry will once again be via trail badge and brochure and will be £3 per person, and venues will be open 10.30am to 4.30pm.

These will be available from mid April at Time and Again on King Street, Slenderella on Queen Street and at Belper North Mill.

To keep up to date with all the latest announcements, visit www.belperarts.org or follow the Facebook page at www.fb.me/belperartstrail.